Passports Act 2008

18.

Cancellation and surrender of passports.

18.— (1) The Minister may cancel a passport issued to a person if—

( a) the Minister becomes aware of a fact or a circumstance, whether occurring before or after the issue of the passport, that would have required or permitted him or her to refuse under section 12 to issue the passport to the person had the Minister been aware of the fact or the circumstance before the passport was issued,

( b) the Minister is informed by the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform that the Irish citizenship of the person (a naturalised person) has been revoked by that Minister of the Government or that the person has renounced Irish citizenship,

( c) the Minister, after consultation, where appropriate, with the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform or the Minister for Defence or both, is of opinion that the person is likely to engage in conduct that falls under any one or more of subparagraphs (i) to (iv) of section 12(1)(c) ,

( d) in the case of a passport issued to a child under subsection (5) or (6) of section 14 , the Minister becomes aware of a fact or a circumstance in relation to which he or she is satisfied that, for the purpose of securing the welfare of the child, the passport should be cancelled,

( e) the Minister is notified that the passport is, without lawful authority or reasonable excuse, in the possession or control of another person, or

( f) the Minister is notified by the person, or by another person duly authorised to act on his or her behalf, that the passport has been lost or stolen.

(2) Where a passport issued to a person is cancelled under subsection (1), the Minister shall inform the person by notice in writing of the cancellation and the grounds for it.

(3) Where a passport issued to a person is cancelled under subsection (1), the person shall, if he or she is in possession or control of the passport, surrender it as soon as practicable to the Minister.

(4) Where a passport is cancelled under subsection (1), the Minister may, if appropriate, require by notice in writing the person who is in possession or control of the passport to surrender it to the Minister within such period as may be specified in the notice.

(5) A person who, without lawful authority or reasonable excuse, has a passport other than a passport that was issued to him or her in his or her possession or control shall, as soon as practicable, surrender it to the Minister or deliver it to a Garda Síochána station.

(6) An applicant for a passport shall, if so required by the Minister, surrender a passport that was issued to him or her (whether or not it is valid) to the Minister before another passport may be issued to him or her.

(7) A reference to a passport in this section includes a reference to a document which was issued as a passport by the Minister before the commencement of sections 6 and 7 and which had ceased to be valid before the commencement of section 27(1) .